Signifying Power in Africa

Deborah D. Kaspin

in Images and Empires

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520229488
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927292 | DOI:
Signifying Power in Africa

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This chapter sums up the key findings on this study on the colonial visual images of Africa. It describes several roles played by visual images in the political landscapes of Africa and suggests that visual images represent a uniquely efficacious medium of expression and they reflect cultural transformations. It highlights the importance of giving special attention to these cultural media that normalize the polity in the public imagination and discusses the signs of imperialism that are read and reformulated by its various subjects.

Keywords: visual images; Africa; political landscapes; cultural transformations; cultural media; public imagination; imperialism

Chapter.  7870 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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